Top 10 limiting beliefs about money that could be blocking the flow of wealth and abundance into your life #2

Our beliefs are what give our thoughts and behaviour structure. What we believe tells us how to act in any given situation. However not everything we believe serves us well. If our beliefs prevent us from taking action that will enhance our well being than they are what is termed limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs about money block the flow of wealth and abundance into our lives. Over the next 10 days I will be looking at the top 10 limiting beliefs about money and their origins:

Limiting belief # 2: Rich people are dishonest

Once again the most likely origin for this belief is The Bible. Jesus is quoted as saying in Luke 18:25, Matthew 19: 24 and Mark 10: 25:

“For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”

The implication here is, given the size of camels and needles the likelihood of wealthy people getting into heaven are zilch. As heaven is the place where only the pure in heart and righteous go, if it is impossible for rich people to get into heaven then rich people can’t possibly be either pure in heart or righteous, and therefore they must be dishonest. Add to this that this evaluation of rich people’s character traits was proclaimed by “the son of God”, then not only is this assessment correct it is also backed by divine authority.

There are two approaches to challenging this limiting belief. From a biblical point of view, if you understand that the eye of the needle was in fact a doorway into the city of Jerusalem were camels had to be unloaded and drop their heads in order to access the city, the statement takes on a different meaning. Instead of it being physically impossible for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle, it actually becomes an everyday occurrence. Albeit that in order for a camel laden with goods to be able to get into the city one would have to take off its load and get it to bend its head.

The second approach is to look at the evidence. The world is full of extremely wealthy people who are philanthropists, who having built personal fortunes have set up foundations and charities to support others in need; people like Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, to name three of the most prominent wealthy philanthropists in the world today.

Rich people do not have a monopoly on being dishonest any more than poor people have a monopoly on being righteous. By labelling the rich as something that is undesirable, i.e. dishonest, you set up an unconscious repellent towards money. As a consequence you will overlook opportunities to attract money and wealth into your life because subconsciously you believe these opportunities to be the road to you also becoming dishonest.

What are your thoughts about rich people? Do you see them as having different, less honourable character traits than “honest poor folk”? Please share your thoughts; I look forward to reading them.

About Ola Agbaimoni

Known as "The Business Detective" due to her "Sherlock Holmes" like problem solving abilities, Ola works in partnership with her sister Carole Pyke, The Business Bard. Together they run Eélan Media, a new type of Business growth agency offering a forensic approach to business and a creative approach to marketing. As well as being an expert in business planning, training and development, Ola is also a certified coach, NLP practitioner; an accomplished author, speaker and presenter.

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